Ridley is getting a chance for a fresh start with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh, but he has to prove himself again after fumbling away the starting job in 2013. The report says if he plays well he could be in line for a long-term contract.
The report adds that "a motivated Ridley is a little lighter and faster this offseason and is focusing on fixing his fumbling woes."
"All you can do is really squeeze it high and tight. I can’t really sit on it too much,” Ridley told NESN.com. "I think that was a lesson I had to go through, and hopefully I won’t have to go through it again. But who knows? You never know what’s in the plan or what God has in store for you, but a little adversity never hurts anybody. So for me, I have to go out there and be the player that I am. So in practice, I told one of the young guys today, that’s the quickest way to get off the field — you can ask me first — putting the ball on the ground."
The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."
Behind Ridley and Vereen are
With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the
White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind
Ridley punched it in from 3 yards out and ran for the 2-point conversion in the third quarter to give New England a two-touchdown advantage. He then scored again on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in a 43-22 victory. He was not targeted in the passing game.
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